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Illinois Fair Tax Vs. Flat Tax: How Illinois Counties Will Benefit

Written by Ken Gaebler
Published: 9/2/2020

Everyone in Illinois who makes $250,000 or less will benefit from the Illinois Fair Tax. We take a look at how things shake out on a county-by-county basis.

The current tax system in Illinois is a flat tax system, enacted in 1969.

Illinois Fair Tax County Impact Data

It allows millionaires and billionaires to pay the same tax rate as middle and lower-income Illinoisans.

The damage to the state for continuing to have a flat tax system is likely in the hundreds of billions of dollars.

In November, Illinois will vote on a constitutional amendment to move to a modern taxation system. The ballot initiative is called the Illinois Fair Tax, thus named because it addresses fundamental unfairness in the flat tax.

The Illinois Fair Tax will convert Illinois's tax system to be up-to-date with the graduated tax system used by a majority of states and the federal government. It will allow Illinois to be less reliant on property taxes and sales taxes which adversely impact the less fortunate. Most importantly, 97% of Illinoisans will see their taxes cut or remain the same.

It's a very important ballot initiative because votes on fundamental structural change only come up every fifteen to twenty years in Illinois. If it doesn't pass in 2020, it may not be on the ballot again until 2035, and by then the ongoing damage of having a flat tax system will likely have reduced Illinois to a shadow of its former self.

If you're interested in how the Illinois Fair Tax will impact your community, we've listed the county-by-county impact of the Illinois Fair Tax below. You can also access this data on an interactive map, provided by the Vote Yes For Fairness Committee.

Should you decide to support the Illinois Fair Tax, which will address Illinois' structural budget deficit and put the state on the path toward fiscal sustainability, you can sign up to get more information and participate in the Illinois Fair Tax movement in a variety of ways.

Impact of the Illinois Fair Tax on Illinois Counties

Illinois has 102 counties. Here's how the Illinois Fair Tax will help individuals in each Illinois county.

  • Adams County - 98.44% of Adams County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Alexander County - 99.76% of Alexander County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Bond County - 99.38% of Bond County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Boone County - 98.09% of Boone County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Brown County - 99.55% of Brown County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Bureau County - 99.12% of Bureau County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Calhoun County - 99.51% of Calhoun County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Carroll County - 99.13% of Carroll County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Cass County - 99.47% of Cass County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Champaign County - 98.12% of Champaign County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Christian County - 99.18% of Christian County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Clark County - 99.20% of Clark County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Clay County - 99.51% of Clay County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Clinton County - 99.11% of, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Coles County - 98.96% of Coles County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Cook County - 96.78% of Cook County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Crawford County - 99.14% of Crawford County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Cumberland County - 99.59% of Cumberland County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • DeKalb County - 98.99% of DeKalb County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • De Witt County - 99.09% of De Witt County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Douglas County - 98.99% of Douglas County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • DuPage County - 94.77% of DuPage County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Edgar County - 99.35% of Edgar County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Edwards County - 99.50% of Edwards County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Effingham County - 98.18% of Effingham County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Fayette County - 99.41% of Fayette County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Ford County - 99.01% of Ford County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Franklin County - 99.56% of Franklin County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Fulton County - 99.42% of Fulton County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Gallatin County - 99.09% of Gallatin County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Greene County - 99.53% of Greene County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Grundy County - 98.77% of Grundy County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Hamilton County - 99.07% of Hamilton County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Hancock County - 99.37% of Hancock County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Hardin County - 99.30% of Hardin County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Henderson County - 99.49% of Henderson County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Henry County - 99% of Henry County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Iroquois County - 99.19% of Iroquois County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Jackson County - 98.87% of Jackson County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Jasper County - 99.54% of Jasper County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Jefferson County - 99.09% of Jefferson County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Jersey County - 99.28% of Jersey County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Jo Daviess County - 98.85% of Jo Daviess County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Johnson County - 99.75% of Johnson County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Kane County - 97.13% of Kane County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Kankakee County - 99.09% of Kankakee County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Kendall County - 98.26% of Kendall County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Knox County - 99.09% of Knox County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Lake County - 93.44% of Lake County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • LaSalle County - 99.06% of LaSalle County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Lawrence County - 99.49% of Lawrence County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Lee County - 98.90% of Lee County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Livingston County - 98.91% of Livingston County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Logan County - 99.39% of Logan County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • McDonough County - 99.12% of McDonough County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • McHenry County - 97.59% of McHenry County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • McLean County - 97.94% of McLean County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Macon County - 98.49% of Macon County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Macoupin County - 99.50% of Macoupin County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Madison County - 98.72% of Madison County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Marion County - 99.37% of Marion County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Marshall County - 99.29% of Marshall County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Mason County - 99.27% of Mason County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Massac County - 99.58% of Massac County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Menard County - 99.08% of Menard County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Mercer County - 99.29% of Mercer County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Monroe County - 97.80% of Monroe County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Montgomery County - 99.21% of Montgomery County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Morgan County - 99.11% of Morgan County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Moultrie County - 98.66% of Moultrie County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Ogle County - 99.01% of Ogle County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Peoria County - 97.32% of Peoria County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Perry County - 99.54% of Perry County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Piatt County - 98.44% of Piatt County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Pike County - 99.11% of Pike County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Pope County - 99.61% of Pope County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Pulaski County - 99.77% of Pulaski County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Putnam County - 98.76% of Putnam County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Randolph County - 99.41% of Randolph County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Richland County - 99.34% of Richland County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Rock Island County - 99.07% of Rock Island County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • St. Clair County - 98.80% of St. Clair County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Saline County - 99.19% of Saline County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Sangamon County - 98.13% of Sangamon County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Schuyler County - 99.23% of Schuyler County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Scott County - 99.23% of Scott County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Shelby County - 99.45% of Shelby County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Stark County - 98.51% of Stark County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Stephenson County - 99.08% of Stephenson County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Tazewell County - 98.35% of Tazewell County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Union County - 99.39% of Union County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Vermilion County - 99.42% of Vermilion County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Wabash County - 98.73% of Wabash County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Warren County - 99.18% of Warren County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Washington County - 98.89% of Washington County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Wayne County - 99.43% of Wayne County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • White County - 98.99% of White County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Whiteside County - 99.17% of Whiteside County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Will County - 97.52% of Will County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Williamson County - 98.86% of Williamson County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Winnebago County - 98.89% of Winnebago County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.
  • Woodford County - 97.48% of Woodford County, Illinois taxpayers will pay the same or less.

Related Articles

Trying to understand the pros and cons of the Illinois Fair Tax? If so, you'll enjoy these Illinois fair tax resources:

Illinois Fair Tax for Southern Illinois
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Illinois Fair Tax Can Fix State's Problems
Misleading Illinois Fair Tax Opposition Arguments
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